Ft. Benning soldier bringing home gold medal

Ft. Benning soldier bringing home gold medal

LONDON (WTVM) - A Fort Benning soldier has won the gold medal in the men's skeet competition at the summer Olympics in London.

This is Sergeant Vincent Hancock's second gold medal and gives the U.S. a skeet sweep after Kimberly Rhode won the women's competition earlier this week.

Hancock clinched the gold on his next-to-last shot, and missed only twice in 150 tries.

Anders Golding of Denmark finished two targets back to win the silver, and Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiya won a shoot-off over Russia's Valery Shomin for the bronze.

Hancock wanted to go for the gold because he's about to change career paths.

He plans on leaving the army in November to open a shotgun training academy with his father in his hometown of Eatonton, Georgia.

"We're going to be teaching kids from any age, basically seven or eight years old, that can hold up a gun. If they want to shoot, we don't want to tell them no because this is an amazing sport to be a part of," said Sgt. Hancock. "And to have the opportunity to go to the Olympics or be a part of a team, even just in your local town, that's going to help kids more than anything else.

"But it's going to help them by letting them know that they can do anything they want to do if they set their mind to it. That's what my parents told me, and when I was 12 years old I told my dad that I wanted to go to the Olympics, and I wanted to win a gold medal. And I did exactly that."

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